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What to know when your ready to purchase a hardwood floor by 1woodfloors.com. Are you in the market for flooring? Hardwood flooring is one of the best investments you can make for your home. Your installation company is the most important thing next to finding a good product. Hardwood flooring is one of the most technically detailed products for installers in the flooring industry. We are going to cover a wide range of details in order to put information out there that will help the average person understand some important factors regarding hardwood flooring. No better place to begin than Hardwood flooring product selection. 1. Selecting a well known brand is important and so is

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Michigan Hardwood Flooring expands and contracts. Hardwood flooring expands and contracts, this happens in Michigan more often than not. With all the new wide plank hardwood flooring being sold and installed this should be of high topic in Michigan as we enter the winter months. At 1woodfloors.com our company educates our customers prior to purchasing a hardwood floor. In some situations a certain type of hardwood flooring may be better than others. Even though we all know a big part of our decision is based off of cost, we try to avoid giving you a floor just based from this because if that floor fails you may spend more trying to fix a problem that could have been prevented. All hardwo

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Once you decide to install a new hardwood floor, your choices might seem endless. You know that hardwood adds significantly to the value and appeal of your home, but which type of wood and color stain might be better? Are there different designs and looks I can play with, and which application will look the best for the lifetime of my home? All good questions. Distressed hardwood flooring is one choice that’s become very fashionable in recent years for a number of reasons. Basically, when we say “distressed” we mean that the wood has been treated in some way to change the look—adding character, making it appear more rustic, giving the grain depth or the look of old-fashioned wood pe

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Today, the world is a much smaller place. As a homeowner, this means that the markets for woods that were once unheard of or too hard to attain are now more easily accessible. You’re no longer limited to only the type of woods that are indigenous to the area where you live. Woods like Brazilian Cherry or Australian Cypress are as within your reach today as any that grows in your area. If you’re interested in installing exotic wood, the challenge for you is finding a reputable company that can handle the material. At 1woodfloors.com, we are experts at installation of all types of flooring in every environment. When working with a client to choose an exotic floor, we take care to go over

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What is the difference between bamboo and other types of hardwood? That’s easy—bamboo isn’t wood. Technically bamboo is a type of grass. The reason you’ll find it categorized with hardwood is that it offers the same look and functionality.   Bamboo can be a beautiful choice for your home. But you should note two main differences between wood and bamboo:   Bamboo is a more sustainable resource. Bamboo grows quite plentifully and rapidly. Where trees can take generations to replace, bamboo can grow as much as 3 feet in one day. Bamboo is not as porous as hardwood. What that means for you is that your bamboo floor will not take in liquids or stain as easily, so

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If you’ve been looking into having new hardwood floors installed, you’ve probably seen some mention of wide plank flooring. It’s very popular right now aesthetically, but it’s also a beautiful hardwood floor choice that will, with proper maintenance, last the life of your home.   What does the term “wide plank” mean? It’s exactly what it sounds like—the boards are wider than most of today’s models, reminiscent of the way traditional wood floors looked years ago.   What Do You Need to Know about Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring?   This style is very popular right now because it’s both beautiful and versatile. It’s a fantastic look for someone who

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Many homeowners want to install hardwood floors in their home but don’t know what kind of floor they should choose. While more choices are always considered a great thing, the problem is often that people find it confusing to have so many options.   At 1woodfloors.com, we can help you choose the right floor for your home and lifestyle. Here are the primary things to consider when choosing the type of hardwood floor you’d like to have installed:   Subfloor - Different types of construction call for different types of flooring. For example, if you have a concrete subfloor, engineered hardwood flooring is a fantastic option. Lifestyle – Which type of wood fits you

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Do you enjoy the look of old-fashioned flooring? Maybe you want something that looks aged? Hand scraped hardwood floors are increasingly popular and come in many types of wood and styles.   Whether you’re interested in a distressed floor for one room, or an entire motif to match cabinetry throughout the entire house, there are a lot of options available with the right professional doing to the work. You can have the boards wider to match the old-fashioned floors of yesteryear, apply antique nails or pegs to enhance the look, and the finish can be as rough or smooth as you would like it to look.   Back to Basics with Hand Scraped Hardwood Flooring   Hand s

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You might know a bit about the type of floor you want installed, but you may not know very much about the construction underneath it. It’s important that your contractor understands exactly what he’s working with to give you not only a beautiful floor, but a floor that will stand the test of time. For instance, did you know that asbestos was commonly used in vinyl tile made prior to 1978? That’s an important thing for your installer to know, for certain! It’s likely that your home was built while asbestos was still in use in flooring materials and it’s important that your subfloor is tested before any tile is removed. Removing old tiles with asbestos can result in asbestos dust

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Hardwood floors are beautiful, but are they hard to maintain? They’re far easier to keep up than some other options. For instance, carpeting is much harder to clean because dirt gets down into the fabric and it can be tough to completely remove without a professional cleaning—which can be costly. If you have allergies, hardwood floors are ideal for keeping the area clean and free of dander, dust, and other known allergens. So, can you keep your floor looking brand new? Yes and no—there will be scratches from everyday use. You can’t avoid that, unless you never walk on the surface, but you can guard against too much wear.   Preventing and Minimizing Scratches Here are som

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